Bilco provides roof access at Waterside development

Hatches supplied by Bilco are providing access to the roofs of a new waterside development of apartments and townhouses in Glasgow.

The Mondriaan development in Glasgow's Ruchill area has been designed for Bellway Homes by local architects Holmes Partnership. Borrowing influences from the island of Borneo and named after Dutch artist Peter Mondriaan, famed for his use of vibrant colours and geometric shapes, the buildings comprise two-storey and four-storey flats and a range of townhouses.

The design echoes the flow and contours of the Forth and Clyde Canal which runs alongside the development and which has recently been restored as part of a coast-to-coast waterway link across Scotland for narrow boats and small river craft.

The external finishes combine render, timber laminate, brick cladding and red brick and all the homes have aluminium rooms.

Toping them all are Bilco hatches which provide access to the roof for future maintenance not just of the roof but also of the roof-mounted aerials and satellite dishes.

Bilco has supplied a total of 24 NB50 hatches manufactured in 2.3 mm thick aluminium to match the roofing and fitted with compression springs which make them easy to open. They are also fitted with automatic hold-open arms which ensure that the hatches cannot be blown closed - a potential health and safety risk if people are then trapped on the roof with no means of returning to the building.

Stainless steel hinges and other design features ensure that the hatches are resistant to the effects of ageing and weather in their exposed location.

Simon Shand-Brown of Bilco said: "The hatches are designed for a long and trouble-free life. They may not get a great deal of use, because people will not often need to gain access to the roof, but the hatches need to remain weather-tight and be easy to open for many years."

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